Ruet-e-Hilal Committee session underway for Shawwal moon sighting

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee session is in progress to sight the Shawwal moon and announce when Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 will be celebrated in Pakistan.

The meeting is being held in Karachi with Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman in the chair, while meetings of the zonal committees are taking place at their respective provincial headquarters.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department experts are also a part of the session.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday as the moon was not sighted on Friday.

The Jeddah-based Okaz paper reported that the moon-sighting committee had said that Saturday, May 23, would be the last day of Ramadan, while Sunday, May 24, would be the first day of Eid — Shawwal 1, 1441.

The UAE will also celebrate Eid on Sunday as the moon-sighting committee set up by the justice ministry announced that the moon was not sighted and Shawwal 1 would fall on Sunday, May 24.

The newspaper also reported that Indonesia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Qatar would also observe Eid on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had claimed that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 24 (Sunday) in many countries, including Pakistan.

Speaking during a TV programme, Chaudhry said that according to the calendar prepared by the science ministry, this year Eid will be celebrated across the country on May 24.